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Band: Dissona
Album: Dissona
Release date: January 2012

01. Inverted Swarm
02. Fiction
03. Nest
04. Interlude I
05. Immersion
06. Avella
07. Eccentress
08. Fawn
09. Chrysalis
10. Interlude II
11. Lapse Into Hysteria
12. Illumination
13. Garden Of Rust

A good progressive metal album is like a maze. Full of twists and turns that keep you guessing and doubling back on yourself. Having you, the ideally puzzled listener, scratching your head as you struggle to come to grips with that strange sense that you know where you're going until you round a bend and WHACK! You're confronted with something entirely unexpected as things undergo an abrupt change and for a split second you've got no idea what's going on until the sudden morph in sound picks you up and carries you further along. What am I babbling about? Well I'm just describing where I was at when coming to terms with Dissona's latest, and to date only, album, the self titled Dissona.

I'll say this upfront; if you like avant-garde/progressive bands of Leprous' ilk you're going to find something to enjoy here. It's got that same bewildering yet immediately engaging mix of influences from various progressive legends. Whereas Leprous, such as in their latest release, manages to convincingly mask these influences with their own guise, Dissona don't quite manage this same feat as their identity isn't quite as solidified. These influences are just as wide ranging though, if not moreso, and Dissona bring them together in a staggeringly diverse album. The strong symphonic progressive elements which form the backbone of this release are reminiscent of bands such as Symphony X and Suspyre, as can be seen on "Nest" and "Immersion".

This is a parrot of an album, it mimics those it witnesses and its plumage is bright and colourful, almost overindulging to the senses. "Eccentress", what is most definitely a highlight, swings in with an amusing swagger with many influences being brought into the fray, the obvious presence of prog rock legends Gentle Giant are dealt with exceptionally well.

To say that the vocalist, Dave Dubenic, is talented would be an understatement, his mimicry and delivery in general is extraordinary. His voice is so diverse it is difficult to follow him throughout the album, he takes on an impossible array of personas ranging from Gildenlow to Hedlund to Townsend. He breaks free from rarely witnessed cleans to dominating harsh vocals with ease. While Dubenic certainly steals the show, breathing life into this wonderful album is a band of equal diversity and creativity for song writing. The guitar work is delicious to say the least; always shifting to maintain consistent interest in the listener. The bass and drums in particular hold a strong presence throughout giving the album a very satisfying density, with the keyboards traced through efficiently never over-saturating things.

All the tracks have their own bundle of surprises in store, perhaps teetering a little in quality nearing the end of the album such as on the final two offerings. Even the short interludes are surprisingly engaging, the second of these cleverly overlapping with "Lapse Into Hysteria."

This is a debut unparalleled in its ability to bring so many influences to the table and serve such a tantalising and hearty gourmet meal of progressive metal.

Rating breakdown
Performance: 9
Songwriting: 9
Originality: 9
Production: 8

Written on 10.03.2012 by R'Vannith enjoys music, he's hoping you do too.

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09.04.2012 - 17:29
Rating: 7

I agree that they remind of Leprous, and I see a lot of talent. But somehow it fails to catch my attention. I feel that it is a bit unfocused at times. A strong 7 from me.
09.04.2012 - 18:17
Rating: 9
Written by Kuroboshi on 09.04.2012 at 17:29

I agree that they remind of Leprous, and I see a lot of talent. But somehow it fails to catch my attention. I feel that it is a bit unfocused at times. A strong 7 from me.

While I wouldn't say 'unfocused' I do see what you mean. Its more of an issue of lack of a cohesive identity than a lack of focus for me. There are more times than not, I think, when they seem quite deliberate in their purpose with alluding to various influences and such.
10.05.2012 - 03:32
Rating: 9

Written by David Dubenic on 10.05.2012 at 03:24

Thank you all so very much for listening.

Don't even worry about it, David; this is just the beginning.
My lo-fi synth project:
10.05.2012 - 03:39
David Dubenic

Written by strade on 10.05.2012 at 03:32

Written by David Dubenic on 10.05.2012 at 03:24

Thank you all so very much for listening.

Don't even worry about it, David; this is just the beginning.

10.05.2012 - 03:42
David Dubenic

R'Vannith, thank you so much for this.
10.05.2012 - 04:16
raymond k

I have to say I really enjoy this album. This is a local band for me and have been lucky enough to see them live a few times. They didn't dissapoint. I would say the Leprous comparisons are well deserved. Like Leprous's Bilateral this album coverers various genres. Always avant-garde it crosses over into Opeth territory on more than one occasion. With that being said they are not easily classified, and I like that. Daves multifaceted voice makes this all a reality. The band as a whole provide the technical wizardry this style requires. The production is top-notch. Plus , they are a nice bunch of guys that worked really hard on this album.Buy this album, come to Chicago and see them live, you will not regret it. Peace
10.05.2012 - 05:27
Rating: 9
Written by David Dubenic on 10.05.2012 at 03:42

R'Vannith, thank you so much for this.

No problem at all, thank you guys for such a delightful album!
30.09.2012 - 03:00
Rating: 8
I couldn't ignore this album any longer - it was on too many top lists already! Finally had a chance to listen and your review is spot on. Especially this: "All the tracks have their own bundle of surprises in store"

Uh, yeah
"A life all mine
Is what I choose
At the end of my days"
--The Gathering "A Life All Mine" from Souvenirs
01.11.2013 - 19:20

Greetings guys! This is Matt, the lead guitarist of Dissona. I want to thank you all for such kind words and feedback. We are currently writing some awesome new material for you all! However, right now I desperately need your assistance. I have entered the Toontrack Metal Guitar God 2013 contest and have made it to the second round. At this point, I need votes from the outside world to get my video to the judging round. Anyone can vote and you may do so once every 24 hours. You guys are absolutely wonderful and if there's anything else you can do through Metal Storm to help promote my entry I would greatly appreciate it!

Here is the link to my contest entry:!/entry/620951

-Matt from Dissona
13.01.2016 - 12:25
Danny Thomas

I've been listening to things like the new arch enemy, black dahlia murder, and lamb of god. I saw this on the main page and thought i'd come to check out the review. being kind of an outsider to the genre (i have no idea who leprous is that everyone refers to for comparrison, but apparently they are really good according to the comments here) I wasn't sure exactly what to expect, but you had my curiosity, and I must say it's incredibly different for me, but a pretty fantastic music experience. much respect to Dissona I love finding new music; especially things that catch me off guard and take me out of my comfort zone.
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